Rain can’t dampen United parade

Manchester United’s title winning squad was greeted by thousands of fans during a parade through the city on Monday.Rain greeted the open-top bus as United showed off their record-breaking 19th English Premier League title, albeit after a 3-1 loss to Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.

Striker Dimitar Berbatov was part of the parade despite not being included in the squad for the final at Wembley.

Veterans Paul Scholes, who has been offered a one-year contract extension but has not yet accepted, and Michael Owen, whose contract has expired, were also part of the trip from the city centre to Old Trafford.

Forward Wayne Rooney said it was important the players forgot about Saturday’s defeat and turned their attentions to next season.

“Winning the league is a massive achievement. We have to forget about what happened on Saturday and move on,” he told MUTV.

“The idea now is to win the 20th (league title). We will be fighting hard to make sure we are there again next season.”

Defender John O’Shea, who like Berbatov was not selected in the squad against Barcelona, said the parade would help the players move on from the loss.

“With the weather, we wondered if anyone would turn out,” he said.

“We never should have doubted it. It makes you realise how important this club is to people and will help the players get over what happened on Saturday.”